SUPERHERO FASHION

Some of you may not know this, but I’m a bit of a superhero geek. I grew up loving the Saturday morning Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America cartoons (and all the rest – Captain Planet, anyone??), I always had a soft spot for The Incredible Hulk, and one of my first TV crushes was (oh goodness, am I actually going put this out there…??), Burt Ward, AKA the1960s Batman sidekick, Robin. Ahem.

Well, my tastes have changed slightly (I’m much more of a Thor girl these days), but I am loving the expanding and spiralling Marvel Universe that is playing out in front of us on the big screen, and on Netflix (Dare Devil was binge watched over three days). Last week I went to see the midnight screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. No don’t click away, this isn’t a film review (this IS a fashion post, after all), but boy it was exciting! And it has inspired this post, looking at what the film’s starlets wore on the red carpet at the UK and LA premiers (I got there in the end!)…

What a fabulous frock, truly fit for a superhero! And the perfect design for Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, in flowing black jersey with a touch of caped glamour. Rocking head-to-toe Saint Laurent, Olsen is a gothic little sex siren with the mini cut and gorgeous studded platforms, which tie in with that amazing chain, sequin and crystal-embellished yoke. With detailing like that, there’s no need for any other accessories, so it’s good to see her keeping things simple with just a box clutch, a low, pulled back do with a dramatic side parting, and just a hint of eyeliner. You’ll all be pleased to know, that you can buy this dress for yourself, for a measly £2,390 (this might be why Elizabeth skipped the jewels – her budget was blown on the dress and shoes!). Lavish Alice have a far more affordable version on ASOS.com, just throw on some statement jewels to jazz up the neckline, and you’ll be red carpet-ready for a fraction of the price.

Doesn’t Scarlett Johansson look phenomenal?! The hair, the lips, that flurry of colour on that Balmain jumpsuit… I’ve always veered from totally getting ‘it’ (everyone’s love and lust for her), and just not getting it. Now I get it! Girl crush in action as we speak. Her multicoloured get up is just a joy to behold, teasing us with ideas of summer, and a complete contrast to her Black Widow character. I’m not usually a fan of racer straps, but these are perfectly cut to avoid any squidgy overspill (what, just me?), and the black cinched in waistband enhances her teeny waist. This bold green patterned jumpsuit by Michael Michael Kors is a beautiful and affordable way to indulge in this look. This is a fabulous beachy design, perfect for long summer days in the Med (oh if only), but it’s easily dressed up with a waist belt and a slim fitting longline blazer. The lower neckline means you can up the ante with some chunky jewelled drop earrings or a statement necklace.

Kerryn Grady

 

Australian Fashion Week

Ooh, Australian Fashion Week! Wouldn’t that be a lovely destination to surround yourself by the fabulousness of fashion shows, followed by a little excursion to the beach or an evening at the Sydney Opera House? Tax-deductible work trip to Oz anyone…?

This boho look takes me back! All the way to the mid-naughties, when Sienna Miller made gypsy skirts and big, leather, coin-studded, low-slung belts THE coolest summer attire. This girl is the 2015 equivalent. The studs are a bit smaller, but nonetheless, she’s rocking virtually all-over body coverage in a paisley print, yet still looks pretty awesome. Okay, so there’s some pretty expansive mid-riff action happening, so no, she’s not a nun, but I love how that balances out the high neckline, full-length sleeves and floor-skimming maxi skirt.

Mango has everything you need this season for some summer boho. If you love prints but the maxi style swamps you, try this cute mini smock design. If you’re a maxi girl but not so into loud prints, then how about this black number with a sexy thigh split and 70s-inspired blouson sleeves? And, as we’re looking at Australian Fashion Week, it would just be rude not to focus on any Australian brands, so how about this for a bit of studded leather goodness… I love the gorgeous fringed detailing on this Sass & Bide cross body bag, perfect for the festival vibe, and just smart enough for fancy evenings out, too.

Who doesn’t love a good co-ord? Okay, well they might not be to everyone’s taste, but I’m a massive fan, and I’m loving this two-piece by Aussie brand Lottie Hall. The clashing patterns are batiked for a cool twist on traditional graphic prints, and the tonal oversized H&M shirt is a great way to break up such bold, statement pieces.

I know this one isn’t printed, but this cotton-silk mix jacket and trousers set from ASOS WHITE is so beautiful, and would look fabulous with a bolder, printed piece underneath. If you do want something a bit more eye-catching, then this jacket and pants combo from Zara are for you.

Yep, there’s no shying away from this baby! Like our blogger in Oz, pair with something in a tonal colour to tie everything in together – for summer I’d go for a slouchy white V-neck tee, then switch it for a navy shirt or fine-knit jumper in the cooler months.

Kerryn Grady

70s Fashion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or just not reading fashion magazines) for the past few months, you’ll be well aware the ‘70s trend is a pretty ‘big thing’ right now. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my favourite trend of the moment, but I find TV presenter Martha Ward’s more subtle approach rather favourable.

The light, bright wash (also known as Dream Wash) of her denim A-line MIH skirt with the button down front is the big nod to ‘70s styling. I’ve never been a big fan of denim skirts, but this is a super flattering cut and length, skimming over curves, and revealing the slimmest part of the leg (essential points for a curvy girl like myself). If curves aren’t your issue, the fuller A-line cut will give a boyish figure a bit more shape. This particular skirt retails for a whopping £235. If you’re not that much of a die-hard denim fan but want to dip your toe into the look, then head over to Zara (like you even needed an excuse) and check out their range of denim skirts. This one is the perfect alternative to the MIH design, but they also have full length and mini cuts to choose from.

I love a good jumper. In fact, all I do when I’m shopping these days is head straight for the knitwear. So what if summer is just poking its head around the corner, I love me some cosy knits. So I’m completely on board with this lovely little fisherman-style jumper. Lighter weight than its traditional winter counterpart, its fitted, shorter cut is perfect for spring (and, let’s be honest, parts of the British summer). I love this jumper from BZR at ASOS.com, which is currently in the sale for a nifty £47. If you are after some out of season knitwear, now is the perfect time before everyone switches to full on summer mode – check out online sales while there’s still some good’uns left!

How gorgeous is that little satchel?? I love the bright, contrasting colours, which work beautiful with the whole look, and the neat little boxy shape. I’ve always loved Sophie Hulme for the chunky metal hardware embellishments on her bags, but I’ve absolutely fallen in love with her bold, tropical S/S15 range, with palm leaf block coloured appliqué and laser cut designs, in juicy yellow and jewel-toned blue and turquoise. However, as is often the case with beautiful to-die-for luxury leather, Sophie Hulme designs are just a tad out of my budget. Lucky for you lot, The Leather Satchel Company have a massive selection of – you guessed it – satchels! My favourites are the Pixie bags, which come in three sizes (Small, Medium and large), and make a great alternative to a clutch bag for evening. I love this Medium Pixie in Coral Reef  , that perfect colour for summer.  As well as their existing designs online, you can custom order any style in any of their colours, so if two-tone is your thing drop them an e-mail and see what they can do for you.

Kerryn Grady

Laura Comolli in Moschino

Laura Comolli in Moschino

I’m loving fashion blogger Laura Comolli’s comfy get up. Slouchy trousers, oversized boyfriend jacket, and a large tee that looks totally bed time-ready! She’s really bought into Moschino’s Special Capsule Collection, accessorising her top with the matching bag and phone case, keeping the look kitsch and humorous. And what has the makings of a slick and sleek outfit is turned into something much more low key and relaxed by wearing everything oversized. My kinda gal!

Stella McCartney’s tailored wide-leg Lionel Trousers are the perfect leg-lengthening design, with the flattering high waist and wide leg cut. Styled with heels, they look uber chic, but dressed down with trainers, like Ms Comolli, will give them a more laid back slouchy effect. Pair them with this gorgeous crepe Zara blazer. Despite it’s longline boyfriend cut, it has a more tailored vibe than Comolli’s, making it a bit more flattering for a wider range of body shapes. This jacket will also take you right through to the summer months. Breezy white is the perfect cover-up for sundresses, and a lovely way to dress up a classic jeans and tee combo. At £69.99 this will be your best high street buy of the season.

Moschino’s adorable teddy bear capsule collection is available from their website, with a host of bear motif items, including jumpers, dresses and bags. Our streetstyler’s t-shirt and phone case are both online and up for grabs. If your budget for novelty fashion doesn’t stretch to Moschino heights, I love Etsy for it’s huge range of independent designers and quirky designs. Search for cartoon print T-shirts and you’ve got a good 12 pages of options (admittedly some are a bit questionable, but there are some gems on there!). I’m currently a bit in love with this furry little guy for my iPhone .

Kerryn Grady

Tokyo Fashion Week

It might not be the biggest event in the fashion calendar, but you can guarantee the cool kids of Japan will be out in force for Tokyo Fashion Week, showing us how you really pull an outfit together!

How adorably petulant does this duo look? Quirky dye jobs, thrown together styling and perfectly grumpy little pouts, all present and correct. Both dressed in a mish-mash of vintage and thrift store finds, each girl is rocking her own distinctive style. On the left we’ve got a glam grunge vibe going on, which I absolutely love. I’m a sucker for some good layering, and this combination of the oversized boyfriend tee layered over the sheer lace maxi skirt with that lovely fluted hem, and the faded camo bomber is perfection. Carhartt are the kings of utility wear, and this floral print jacket has a lovely feminine twist on a traditional camouflage print, without being too overtly girly. Buy it a size up for a boyfriend fit. Pair with this gorgeous DKNY delicate lace skirt. Not cheap, but not quite bank-breaking in the grand scheme of designer wear, this skirt can be kept casual with biker boots or converse with a V-neck cotton t-shirt tucked in at the waist, or dressed up to the max with a silk cami and strappy sandals. It’s a real fashion all-rounder – this, my friends, is what you call an investment piece…

Missy on the right here has gone a bit more prim in an oh-so-demure knee-length pencil skirt and blouse combo, adding some clashing colour with her sequinned bomber, and a cutesy edge with her Chloe Sevigny booties. I’ve had this tinsel-embellished bomber sitting in my Saved list for weeks, and it’s currently reduced on ASOS.com to a bargainous £22.50. If you’re a die-hard sequin fanatic then this mermaid effect design by Jaded London will have you swooning like a 13-year-old at a One Direction concert. This houndstooth pencil skirt is a little gem from Baum Und Pferdgarten at ASOS, featuring the classic print with a lovely new graphic element. Follow this stylista’s lead by styling with a simple silk blouse, like this beauty by Vince , or throw an extra print in the mix with this stunning top by Proenza Schouler, whose long-line design will work perfectly with the fitted pencil skirt. Wearing the same tonal colours will prevent the look being too garish, although the clashing bomber will give an edge our little street styler would be proud of.

Kerryn Grady

 

Paris fashion week street style

Fashion month is over for another season, and wasn’t it a fabulous affair? We saw the month-long extravaganza close with Paris Fashion Week, where donning sculptured couture is the norm, and sheer lace positively street (oh yes, I am down with the kids)…

As demonstrated here by this cool street-styler, sporting a pair of lace wide leg trousers, as one does. A subtle way of flashing your pins, I always think sheer trousers are rather daring, and would definitely feel more comfortable styling them this way with a matching top tied at the waist keeping your derrière hidden. If you love the idea but don’t fancy the draft on your legs, then Erdem has a gorgeous pair in white lace with a contrast lining, a mere snip at just £420 in the Matches sale. Despite the traditionally pretty fabric, I love the whole tomboy vibe to this ensemble, with the sporty trim to her oversized V-neck knit and slouchy matching beanie. Her accessories are simple in classic gold, giving a feminine edge without it being too girlish. The more I look at this image the more I love this look!

Fashion student Nina Suess is SO Paris! Dramatic tulle dress, ornate, embellished jacket, absolutely lust-worthy Chanel bag… You would be forgiven for believing she was draped in head-to-toe designer. This is a masterclass in making high street look high-end, with some very carefully chosen pieces. This dress is actually ASOS.com, and the jacket is Zara. Her black and metallic palette screams expensive sophistication, the tulle dress worn as day wear is reminiscent of Lily Allen’s couture and trainers days, and that jacket has more than a hint of Balmain to it. Finished off with the monochrome bag and you have a totally front row-worthy outfit.

In Paris last week we finally saw the mercury rising as street stylers left their massive coats and scarves at home and actually started exposing some flesh and absorbing some good old vitamin D. Designer and director Vashti Kola Valif has gone head-to-toe in Chloe, in this gorgeously summery look ahead of the Chloe catwalk show. What a fresh, light colour palette, with my favourite combination of grey and white. The look is tonal with the darker bag and gold jewellery to match the metal hardware, keeping everything very chic and Parisienne. The Prairie-inspired top is kept modern with the boxy cut and the geometric print tailored shorts, so no frolicking in the fields in this attire thank you very much. If the Chloe price tag is a bit too chokingly high for you, head over to Reiss, their Inna lace tee has the same cut and rocks a tough-looking lace design. J.Crew’s metallic jacquard shorts are a beautiful luxe and versatile option for summer. Wear with a sleek silk camisole, a crisp white, cotton short sleeve shirt, or throw on a lightweight knit when the chill sets in.

Kerryn Grady

Milan Fashion Week Street Style

Milan Fashion Week, the home of the chic, and the cheeky. Home to tongue-in-cheek luxury brand Moschino, the street stylers are a bit partial to a novelty accessory or two, giving even some of the classiest looks a fun, quirky finish.

My new fave, Chiara Ferragni, is looking super cool in her skinny leather dungarees. Nope, I wouldn’t go there either, but she pulls it off effortlessly, and if you do want to try your hand at this look, Designers Remix at Selfridges do have this rather snazzy pair available. Doubling up her leathers, this camel jacket adds a sophisticated edge to the look, while her Moschino teddy print jumper and scarf add some humour to her ensemble. I love that she’s kept the same tonal colours throughout – from her sunnies to her booties – keeping the overall look chic rather than comedic.

These two fashionable ladies are rocking the check trend, showing us how to do it head to toe in style. Both looks are so graphic – Anna Fasano in an ombre effect with a cosy roll neck underneath, and Italian Grazia’s Gilda Ambrosio in a bold, even grid print. Zara have a great pair of checked cigarette pants for a simple, streamlined look. I would wear these with an oversized shirt in a contrasting sized check, switching up the proportions, or clash them with spots or stripes (such as this number from Zara) for a graphic mash-up. One might think they’d deliberately co-ordinated outfits, with their green jacket cover-ups, too! Fasano has gone chic in a rich jewel tone, accessorised with glossy monochrome loafers and bag, while Ambrosio taken the grunge route with a sloppy, oversized army jacket, creating two very different vibes.

Kerryn Grady

London Fashion Week Street Style

London Fashion Week is, without a doubt, the best of all the fashion weeks, with regards to street style. Everyone is desperate to get snapped by the photographers, and you only need to linger around Somerset House for a matter of minutes before you see some of the most amazingly put together outfits you could imagine. Some are, admittedly, a bit whacky, but I believe that’s what fashion is about, expressing yourself and having fun.

Oh my giddy aunt! Remember when I found those Zara trousers that were like PJ pants? This is even better! Lane Crawford fashion buyer, and fashion week regular Tiffany Hsu, has just shown that’s fine to go out in full-on sleepwear, including dressing gown/superhero cape, as long as you throw on a pair of heels. She is living my dream! Just dig out a pair of men’s silk pyjamas (Lily Silk) have a gorgeous selection of luxury designs – mix and match the slouchy trousers with the short sleeved shirts), throw on your most killer killer heels (you don’t want to be too comfortable, that would just be lazy), and a heavy contrast-coloured full length wool coat for a daring but edgy fashion week-inspired look.

These Givenchy boots are what footwear dreams are made of! I always think these are the style that will make my chunky monkey legs slightly less chunky-looking. Unfortunately, I don’t think my bank balance will ever let me find this out. I’m loving the oversized boots with the voluminous cape and just that flash of slim, streamlined leg giving a lovely silhouette to the whole outfit. I’m not crazy about tartan capes, but the block of solid colour at the neckline, highlighted in the stripes, breaks up the traditional design, and I love the oversized pompom adding a little playful twist. This classy burgundy version by Pied a Terre at House of Fraser is my perfect style and colour, and it is currently on sale, which is even better.

So, I normally write about women’s streetstyle, but stylist and blogger Arian Humirang is rocking this look so hard, I want it all for myself! I’m all about clashing prints and quirky accessories (silver brogues anyone?), so this guy is right up my street. And he’s high-streeted up to the max in an ASOS suit, Topshop top and Zara accessories. Such an accessible look, despite perhaps not being for the faint hearted. If you want to do something similar and inject some designer glam into the look, check out my latest shoe discovery for some metallic footwear – Luke Grant-Muller. Just how fabulous are the brogues? In an ideal world, along with my Givenchy boots, I’d have a pair in chrome AND holographic! I’ll just keep dreaming shall I…?

Kerryn Grady